Who We Are
Living Water Community Clinic is a free clinic organized to provide medical, mental health, and spiritual care to uninsured adults in Orange County and the surrounding area.
The Clinic is a ministry of The Lake of the Woods Church. The Clinic is financially supported by contributions from area businesses, individuals, area Churches, and organizations. Area Churches also support the Clinic through outreach and missions.
More than 10% of nonelderly Virginians are uninsured. Many people mistakenly believe that the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 made health insurance available to individuals with limited income by subsidizing premium costs through tax credits. While this is true for many people, these tax credits are not available if family income falls below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. For examle, a family of four earning more than $48,500 a year would be eligible for tax credits covering more than 80% of the cost of health insurance. If a family of four earns less than $48,500, no tax credits are available, and a family would have to pay the full cost of health insurance coverage.
In 2018, a mid-level plan in Orange County costs more than $20,000. So, among Virginian families with incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, it should be no surprise that more than 70% are uninsured, despite being employed, some with two or even three jobs. And if they are uninsured, patients' health severly suffers. Uninsured Americans have a higher likelihood of late-stage cancers, and a far lower rate of receiving important diagnostic tests. Prescription drugs that can treat or prevent disease are not accessible. The financial barriers to medical care mean that when care is finally received, it is often a life-threatening emergency and the patient is extremely ill.
Services provided by the Living Water Community Clinic include medical care, professional counseling services, spiritual care, referrals to medical specialists when necessary, and access to laboratory and imaging services. These essential health services can mean the difference between health and sickness, and in some cases, even life and death.
The Clinic operates under the oversight of a Medical Director, and is staffed with an Executive Director, and volunteer clinicians(physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses), as well as administrative and clerical volunteers. All serve together to help meet a critical and otherwise unaddressed need in our community.